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Old December 11th, 2006, 08:04 PM   #1
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Default heat molding RB Problades

Hi everyone,

Recently I bought a pair of Rollerblade Problades, these are RBs racing skate, low cuff, all carbon boot 4x100mm frame, etc. (Yes I would have liked to have bought the Bont Vaypor customs, but hey it's a first racing skate for me, and it was on sale at Inlinewarehouse.)

Anyway I am curious, has anyone tried heat molding on Rollerblade? It should be possible, after all you can heat mold a K2 or a Bont why would Rollerblade be any different? Does anyone have any comment or suggestions for someone comming from a K2 Radical 100 to the Problades, or, more generally, racing skates? What can I do to reduce the damage the skate does to my ankle? (It keeps digging right in at the top of the cuff, so far, thanks to the weather it hasn't really mattered much, haven't gone anywhere, but in the summer I might be grounded, judging by the way my ankle is bleeding now.)


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Old December 12th, 2006, 02:01 AM   #2
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Yes they are heat moldable. I skate with someone that has them and did it.

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Old December 12th, 2006, 10:41 AM   #3
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Hi Michael,
They are moldable to a very limited extent. Nothing like the skates I have now which actually seem to move when heated. I needed to use extensive amounts of heat and force to make the smallest incremental changes in the fit of the Problades. For as long as I wore those skates I needed to wear the Ezeefit booties because they just didn't fit quite right. Couldn't get it good in those boots and I was doing a minimum of 50 miles a week in them last summer. I ended up exchanging the RBs for K2 pro longmounts when the Rollerblade frame cracked in July. I also bought from Inline Warehouse, btw. Keep that thought in mind if/when your frames crack. IW now has the Powerslide line and lots of people on this board are happy with them.

For a person who is just getting into speedskating I think that the best thing to do is determine your goals. If you want to go fast you should find training partners or a team to help you learn skating techniques because it makes learning how to go fast much easier.

Good luck and keep us posted!

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Old December 20th, 2006, 04:04 PM   #4
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I'm not familiar with Rollerblade boots but I think you should be able to do it. Get a heat gun. Be patient. Heat your hot spot gradually. The goal is to allow the heat to conduct through the outer covering and deep into the shell. You can't do this quickly or you'll fry the leather/lorino/vinyl covering. It can take 15 or 20 minutes to get a spot properly warmed if you're doing it correctly. Keep the gun moving. I like to blow it against my skin occasionally while heating to judge the amount of heat I'm hitting at the current distance between the gun and the boot. I usually do this with the boot on my foot. If I want to expand an area, I usually add an extra layer inside the boot between my foot and that area. I use a piece of leather cut from a work glove. This, in addition to the sock on my foot, will add pressure to the point I want to expand. You'll feel the heat inside the boot when it starts to get warm enough. Be cautious, you don't want to burn your foot. My ankle was the latest adjustment. If the cuff's what is hurting your leg/ankle, you'd think you could warm up the cuff area and use your hands to bend the top edge of the cuff away from your leg. Another option would be to heat up the cuff while wearing the boot and while the boot is warm, pivot your foot in the manner that causes the problem. Just go slow and make gradual adjustments.
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